Glossary: Supportive care

Afebrile/febrile: without/with fever

Anaemia: deficiency of erythrocytes or haemoglobin, which may cause tiredness, weakness and pallor

Hepatomegaly: abnormal enlargement of the liver

Hyperuricaemia: high serum levels of uric acid

Hypogammaglobulinaemia: deficiency of gamma globulins, including immunoglobulins (antibodies) resulting in immunodeficiency

Lymphadenopathy: abnormal enlargement of the lymph nodes

Megacolon: Abnormal dilation of the colon

Mucositis: inflammation of mucous membranes

Neutropenia: an abnormally low level of neutrophils (common white blood cells that are important in fighting infection)

Prophylaxis: treatment or action to prevent disease

Prothrombin time: an assay assessing the extrinsic and common pathways of coagulation

Splenomegaly: abnormal enlargement of the spleen

Thrombocytopenia: low platelet count

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